RLS Treatment Options
restiffic is a revolutionary product for the treatment of Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS). It is a completely drug-free foot wrap that exerts a soothing topical pressure to targeted muscles in the foot to relax the uncontrollable impulses occurring in the legs. It has been cleared by the FDA for prescription use.
Before restiffic, there existed three primary treatment options for managing RLS: pharmaceuticals, homeopathic remedies, and lifestyle choices.
Pharmaceuticals are a common treatment method for RLS. Dopamine agonist, dopaminergic agents, opiates, central nervous system depressants, and anticonvulsants are different families of frequently prescribed drugs to manage RLS symptoms. These pharmaceuticals are often accompanied by long lists of negative side effects, including nausea, vomiting, hallucinations, daytime sleepiness, addiction, and more.
With pharmaceuticals, there is also the risk of augmentation. Augmentation occurs when a dopaminergic agent or other pharmaceutical relieves symptoms at night, but eventually symptoms begin to develop earlier in the day and spread from the legs to the rest of the body, such as to the arms and trunk. When experiencing augmentation, increasing the dosage usually worsens symptoms.
Homeopathic or herbal remedies are another form of treatment for RLS. These medicines are available without prescription and can be purchased over the counter or on the internet. These are generally not FDA-approved and their claims of success are difficult to verify. As with pharmaceuticals, homeopathic remedies may be accompanied by negative side effects.
Lifestyle choices, such as limiting alcohol, nicotine, and caffeine may be recommended for treating RLS. Maintaining a healthy diet and ensuring that that your diet has adequate levels of iron may also be suggested. Presently, there is no single lifestyle choice that has been shown to markedly reduce symptoms of RLS.